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Series 7: The Literatures and Cultures of the Irish Sea

North Bank lighthouse, Dublin Port

Series Editor's Introduction from John Brannigan

Irish Sea Studies’ is a term with some purchase in marine biology, archaeology, and ancient history, but might it have significance for the study of the literary and cultural interrelations between the constituent nations and regions of the British Isles? The archaeologist, V.G. Childe, once described the Irish Sea as ‘the natural centre of a province whose several parts it unites rather than divides’. This series hosts eight lectures by major scholars on literary and cultural transactions across the Irish Sea, and which focus on the Irish Sea as an 'inner waterway' of the British and Irish Isles. This has been the subject of considerable debate in recent literary scholarship, following John Kerrigan's Archipelagic English (2008), and Christopher Harvie's A Floating Commonwealth (2008), both of which proposed new 'archipelagic' and 'coastal' models for understanding the literatures of the isles. The lectures gather together, and make publicly available in downloadable audio and text formats, new work by major scholars who are currently researching maritime, coastal, and portal themes in the literatures and cultures around the Irish Sea.

John Brannigan is senior lecturer in English at the School of English, Drama and Film at UCD.


Nicholas Allen

Episode 1: Ireland, Empire and the Archipelago

Nicholas Allen, Faculty of English, The Willson Center for Humanities
and Arts at the University of Georgia.

Fiona Stafford

Episode 2: Writing around the Irish Sea: Inlets, Outlets, Firths and Mouths

Fiona Stafford, Faculty of English Language and Literature at the University of Oxford.

Damian Walford Davies

Episode 3: Archipelagic Cartographies: Brenda Chamberlain's 'Western Isle'

Damian Walford Davies, Department of English, Aberystwyth University

Claire Connolly

Episode 4: Via Holyhead, Material and metaphorical meanings between
Ireland and Wales

Claire Connolly, School of English at University College Cork.

Nick Groom

Episode 5: Draining the Irish Channel: Identity, Sustainability,
and the Politics of Water

Nick Groom, School of English at the University of Exeter (Cornwall Campus).

Andrew Gibson

Episode 6: 'At the Dying Atlantic's Edge': Norman Nicholson and

the Cumbrian Coast

Andrew Gibson, Department of English at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Colin Graham

Episode 7: 'port-lights/Of a ghost-ship': Thomas Carnduff and the
Belfast Shipyards

Colin Graham, Department of English at NUI Maynooth.

Jody Allen Randolph

Episode 8: 'Giving 'A Tongue to the Sea Cliffs': The Landless Inheritance of
W.B. Yeats and Eavan Boland

Jody Allen Randolph, Centre for Gender, Culture and Identities, UCD Humanities Institute.

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Series edited by: John Brannigan
General Editor: P.J. Mathews 
Scholarcast original theme music by: Padhraic Egan, Michael Hussey and Sharon Hussey.
Recording, audio editing, photography and development by: John Matthews & Vincent Hoban at UCD IT Services, Media Services.

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